By Angela Andrews

As the new year gets under way, so do America’s state legislatures.

This year, 46 legislatures will convene to discuss and examine a variety of topics. Massachusetts was the first to do so, convening on New Year's Day and the District of Columbia followed suit a day later. Nineteen additional legislatures convened this week and 18 will convene next week, including the legislatures in five U.S. territories. By the end of January, all but 13 state legislatures will have started their sessions.

And just as New Mexico adjourns for the year on Feb. 20,  Arkansas, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Oregon will have just started their session. Minnesota convenes on Feb. 25, followed by Florida and Louisiana, which both will convene in early March. North Carolina, which covenes May 14, is the last legislature to start its business for the year.  Four legislatures will not meet in regular session this year—Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas. These legislatures meet every other year.

Some legislatures will have limited scope sessions, meaning that they can only examine certain subject topics. For example, Wyoming and Arkansas will only discuss budget bills.

Be sure to check our 2014 legislative session calendar on a regular basis to see who has convened, adjourned and been called into a special session.

Angela Andrews is a senior policy specialist in NCSL's Legislative Management program.


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